Deb Elam was promoted to vice president and chief diversity officer for GE. Most recently, Elam was manager of diversity and inclusive leadership. Elam was a 2005 recipient of TNJ’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business award. From 2000 to 2002, she was managing director of human resources for Corporate Financial Services within GE Commercial Finance. From 1997 to 2000, Elam was managing director of Human Resources for GE Capital Markets Services. She started with GE as a member of the Human Resources Leadership Pro-gram (HRLP) in 1987. Elam received her master’s de-gree in public administration from Southern Univer-sity and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Louisiana State University.
Spencer D. Means
Spencer D. Means was promoted to senior vice president at the Corcoran Group Real Estate office in New York City. Means has been at Corcoran since 1993, where he has made more than $100 million in sales. He received his undergraduate degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and received his real estate license from New York University.
Madeleine Moore was appointed state president of AARP New York. Moore, an active marketing/communications specialist and community leader, will hold the position of state president for two years and will be eligible for reappointment for two additional terms.
Moore is presently chairman of Public New York and the founder of Moore Creative, marketing firms that have launched identity campaigns for several major New York Hospitals and provide concepts and training tools to such organizations as The Association of Junior Leagues International and the National Urban League. Recently, her national ad campaign for Anheuser Busch, targeting at-risk African American men for prostate cancer prevention, has launched a coast-to-coast screening and community-based outreach program.
Moore holds an undergraduate degree from New York University, a master’s degree from Columbia University and an honorary doctorate from CUNY.
Colin Channer, author of the best-selling novels Waiting in Vain, Satisfy My Soul and Passing Through, has joined the faculty of Medgar Evers College. He will teach creative writing, a concentration in the English department, in the college’s School of Liberal Arts and Education. He earned his degree in media communication from Hunter College.
In 2001, Channer launched the Calabash Inter-national Literary Festival Trust with poet Kwame Dawes and producer Justine Henzell. Calabash is annually held in Jamaica as a three-day festival of readings and music that showcases Caribbean and international authors and performers.
Cheryl Procter-Rogers was elected president and CEO of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Procter-Rogers is regional corporate affairs director for Home Box Office (HBO) in Rosemont, Ill. She becomes the second African-American elected to serve as the Society’s president and CEO. She is an industry veteran whose experience includes working as director of public relations and advertising for Nielsen Marketing Research, Northbrook, Ill., as manager of public relations and advertising for Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Co., Los Angeles, and establishing her own L.A.-based public relations firm, Step Ahead Public Relations. Procter-Rogers received her M.B.A. from the Keller Graduate School of Management in Chicago; she holds a bachelor’s in English and journalism from Bradley University, Peoria, Ill.
Troy Dixon joined Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. as a managing director and head of pass-through mortgage trading within the firm’s Global Markets division. Dixon joins the firm from UBS, where he was an executive director and head of pass-through trading. Prior to that, he was head of pass-through trading at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette (DLJ) Before Credit Suisse First Boston was acquired by DLJ, Dixon held the same position there. Dixon holds a B.A. in economics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.
Raymond Millien joined Ocean Tomo’s Chicago office as general counsel. The company, which was established in 2003, works with intellectual property assets. Millien will be part of the firm’s Executive Committee, responsible for overseeing all legal and regulatory affairs, as well as assisting the firm’s management with acquisitions and the structuring of joint ventures. Prior to this appointment, Millien worked for the American Express Co., where his responsibilities included managing the company’s global patent portfolio and leading technology outward-licensing deals.
He received a B.S. in computer science from Columbia University and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School. He is admitted to the New York, Virginia and District of Columbia bars and is registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.